I grew up under a computer table because my parents couldn’t get me in a playpen. There, I learned how to code and started writing.
More broadly, I’m interested in the interplay of technology, policy, journalism, international relations, internet law, and education.
Just as I spent my childhood taking apart my toys, electronics, and my family’s patience, my endeavors today are also very much rooted in a deep curiosity of how things work, why they work, and how to improve them.
Few things are as impactful as working with students.
While getting my undergraduate in computer science at UCSD, I spent a lot of time working in education. To me, education (and I don’t mean schooling) is the most valuable investment a person, family, or country can make.
In 2013, I joined Student Voice, a national nonprofit promoting student advocacy in schools across the United States, working on much of the digital strategy as well as implementing a voting platform based on 12 rights that all students should have in their schools.
In 2014, I helped start the New School of San Francisco: an equity focused, inquiry based K-12 charter school in the Mission district of San Francisco.
In 2016, I joined as an Educational Coordinator at SENDforC, a student organization run by university chapters that mentor local middle and high school students in STEM.
Being the first kids on the Internet is a big responsibility.
I’ve been fascinated with technology for as long as I can remember. To me, technology is applying math and science in ways to solve complex solutions, often ushering in solutions along with new problems.
In 2008, Diplateevo was started as my initial exploration into the internet. Barely a freshman in high school, I found myself writing code and building websites for myself and anyone who would give me $50.
In 2013, I built Tallymark: a online tool to split living costs among roommates.
In 2014, I founded Evocado: a startup run by four students that used Artificial Intelligence to match grants to nonprofits, aiming to simplify the fundraising process so that nonprofits could spend more time focusing on their mission.
In 2015, I spent the summer interning at Ooyala, helping to build an iOS SDK for clients to easily integrate video players into their applications.
Work Hard, Play Harder.
If I could have any superpower, it’d be the ability to speak every language in the world. If I could switch lives with anyone, it’d be Anthony Bourdain. I blame my Taiwanese roots for my desire to eat anything and everything, although you won’t see any photos of food on my Instagram.
In my free time, I enjoy reading books, drumming, daydreaming about space, taking photographs, engaging in political conversations, wandering around, etc.
But beyond all the things I enjoy doing for myself, few things are as important as my friends and family. They are the reason I am who I am today, and are helping me become who I will be tomorrow.
To work hard isn’t to exert myself into higher echelons of money or power, but to have the capacity to fight for my friends, family, and community.
There is nowhere near enough time to do everything that I want to do in life. To this day, my parents still have trouble getting me out from underneath the computer table.